No matter how great a relationship you have with your sibling, you will still fight from time to time. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a strong bond with your sibling! Trying to get siblings to play together, let alone sit in the same room, can sometimes be a challenge as a parent. Over the years, it’s taken a long time for me to finally master the art of ending sibling rivalries. Here are five simple strategies that can help strengthen sibling bonds that I’ve learned over the years.
Talk to your kids about your relationship with YOUR siblings
One of the best things you can do to help strengthen the sibling bonds of your kids is to talk with them about your own sibling relationship if you have one. Tell them about the times you played together, family vacations, and other memories you have with your sibling. This is a great way to not only set an example for your children but show them how having a strong bond with their sibling can be beneficial.
Spend time together as a family
Family time is going to be one of the easiest ways to help your kids strengthen their sibling bond. Family nights, family vacations, and other family activities give them a commonplace to be and spend time together. When it’s together as a family, they will naturally bond together even when they don’t realize it. You will find that if your children have a choice between their sibling and their parents, they will often choose to hang out or spend more time with their sibling.
Create family traditions with your kids
Family traditions can be something as simple as baking cookies as a family at Christmas or going for evening walks in the summertime. Find something that your family can do together and start making family traditions! When you are long gone and your children are grown up, these are going to be the things they remember and even pass down to their own kids.
Find situations where you can unite your children
Having a common project or goal can be a great way to unite your kids. This is especially useful if your children often fight with one another. This gives them a chance to work together and spend time together at the same time! This can be something simple like setting the table or working on an entire project together.
Help your children overcome their differences
One of the main reasons why siblings will have a weak bond is because they don’t learn how to overcome their differences as kids. Sure your kids will be different from one another, but those differences can sometimes drive a wedge between them! Learn to identify those differences, and teach your kids to embrace being different. Use this as a learning opportunity to help them overcome their differences and find things in common.
No matter the age gap of your children, you can still have kids who are close to their siblings! These tips will help you strengthen those bonds and put an end to the bickering.